Being a Pond, a Poetryaction to Being a Dog

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This past couple of weeks have been humdingers. Oi. But I’m in this week with a poetryaction to Maria Gianferrari’s Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness. So fun! (You can see all my poetryactions here.)


And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with ever-thoughtful Rose Capelli!


25 Responses

  1. Laura, what a sweet “being a pond” poem you have created. It’s a perfect mentor and place to jump off to being all kinds of things. There are so many fun snippets–“My laugh is her quack” is one of my favorites.

  2. “My laugh is her quack!” — Lots of fun here and inspiration to do our own, too, Laura! Thanks!

  3. Who cares? That is so the attitude to have! Let it go let it go let it go…love this so much, Laura. Adding to my lake collection (pond is close enough!). xo

  4. Mmmm, I love “I ripple when the wind wakes me.” Laura, I have been on a picture book reading spree, and I collected a pile of “LPS” masterpieces to read. I just finished “Forest Fires” and “Stampede!” what a diverse and extensive body of work you have!

    1. That’s so lovely to hear, Tracey! Forest Fires was an early work for hire book written to publisher specs. And Stampede was my first trade picture book sale!

  5. Oooh, that’s a good one, Laura–“I can’t stop staring at the sky.” Thanks!

  6. Laura,
    As I prepare to return to school, I want to share Poetry Action with my students. They could do this easily as a way to respond to reading. I love “My laugh is her quack.” Thanks for always looking for ways to use poetry in the classroom.

    1. I’m honored to hear that, Margaret. I’m having fun with them, having picked them back up after doing a ton of them several years ago. <3

  7. Laura, I think this is one of my favorite poetryactions. Kids would love it as much as I do. There are so many lines that I love, such as the opening line and “I hug the sunlight.” This is a wonderful mentor text for children. I am saving this poem.

  8. These sound fun, Laura. Poetryaction! I love that too. Writing about being something else reminds me of those bookmarks, “Lessons from…” I have lessons from a Loon! Thanks for sharing your pond.

    1. Carol, I’ve never heard of these bookmarks, so I just looked them up. I love them! Full of analogies, which I adore. Thanks for introducing me :>)

  9. Each line is full of so much character of your pond–makes me smile and ah that
    “What’s winter?
    Who cares?”
    is marvelous especially coming from someone in brrr, freezing, Minnesota, 💙 your poem, thanks Laura!

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